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Detroit Tigers Links: Andy Dirks, Avisail Garcia are expendable & Nick Castellanos rises on top prospects list

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An ESPN analyst says Andy Dirks and Avisail Garcia are expendable, Nick Castellanos rises on top prospects list, and Joe Posnanski argues for Yasiel Puig's place on the All-Star team. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Ed Zurga


AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Detroit 49 39 .556 0 Won 1
Cleveland 46 43 .516 3.5 Lost 1
Kansas City 41 44 .482 6.5 Lost 1
Minnesota 37 49 .430 11 Lost 2
Chicago 34 51 .400 13.5 Lost 3

(updated 7.8.2013 at 8:11 PM PDT)


Tigers links:

Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder named to Home Run Derby team, will get chance to defend derby title
MLive.com, James Schmehl

I'm mostly excited because it means little Fielders will be running around and getting maximum camera time.

Hot dog jersey! Jose Valverde a real wiener in Toledo Mud Hens uniform
Big League Stew, David Brown

I really have nothing to say. I just can't stop staring at the picture. This really happened?

Benoit fourth in early Final Vote balloting
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck

Go vote. Do it! You know you want to.

Detroit Tigers' Andy Dirks, Avisail Garcia are expendable, ESPN analyst says
Detroit Free Press, Brian Manzullo

While top prospect Nick Castellanos is the name dangled by most as the Tigers' trade bait for a high-end reliever, ESPN's Jim Bowden has a couple other names in mind: Outfielders Andy Dirks and Avisail Garcia.

Surging Nick Castellanos rises in Baseball America's top prospects list
The Detroit News

The Tigers' top prospect is ranked No. 15 in Baseball America's Midseason Top 50.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Chris Davis, Bryce Harper highlight Derby squads
ESPN, David Schoenfield

The only thing you need to know about the Derby is that Pitbull is performing. You shall never be forgiven, MLB. And as my brother so aptly put it, "What, was Nickelback not available?"

2013 All-Collapse All-Stars
The Hardball Times, Chris Jaffe

A look at the guys who have gotten the oldest, the quickest this year.

The best pitcher Major League Baseball's never heard of
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer

The All-Star game isn't even worth getting worked up about though. I'm just not sure I care either way.

Posnanski: Tradition shouldn't stand in Puig's way
NBC Sports, Joe Posnanski

Whether you agree or not, Posnanski is always pretty good at making his case seem like the only side that matters.

Introducing the Adam Dunn Hat Trick
FanGraphs Baseball, Blake Murphy

This is just simply brilliant. And hilarious. And accurate. And ...